Monday, April 23, 2012

The Betty Neels Collection

I'd like to promise that Betty Keira will post the reprise today of Victory for Victoria...but I'm not prone to making rash promises.  She just got home from a weekend at my house (sans kids) and now has to pay the piper, housekeeping wise.

Betty Keira picked up our sister, Betty Suzanne, from the airport on Friday then drove up to my place - leaving her family to fend for themselves.  We had a wonderful weekend, chock full of jewelry crafting, sewing, shopping and Bollywood watching.  Not to worry, Dear Reader, we didn't forget you.

I'd like to introduce something that I call, The Betty Neels Collection.  Several one-of-a-kind necklaces that were lovingly handcrafted by the Founding Bettys for a few lucky Bettys.
Photography is obviously NOT one of Betty Debbie's talents.
The Betty Neels Collection. From L-R: Fate is Remarkable, Never Say Goodbye (aka From Poland with Love), Ring in a Teacup, The Girl with Green Eyes (aka Lucy's Locket), Henrietta's Own Castle and Caroline's Waterloo. (Not shown: A Gem of a Girl).

We are planning ahead for May - The Great Betty Talent Show! Get out your paintbrushes, your knitting needles, your embroidery floss, your rhyming dictionaries...whatever and wherever your talent lies - we'd love to have you share it! Our only rule is that you should find some way to apply it to the World of Neels.

More details (and hopefully better pictures)to follow...

39 comments:

  1. You mean I have to create something to "win" Fate is Remarkable? My fan fiction from two years ago isn't enough?

    I know, I'll knit a scarf! (I've been doing that for months just because they're easy, which isn't quite what The Great Betty usually has her heroines working on.)

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  2. I think I have made enough samplers....for now. Perhaps I need an uncrushable jersey dress?

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  3. How very fun!! My creative arts are a it rusty, but I'm thinking!

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  4. Oooo! Betty Debbie, these prizes look fabulous! I'm almost tempted to enter the contest if I weren't so uncreative. Instead, how about I volunteer Betty Cindy (was it Betty Cindy?) to create another bobble head?

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    1. Hey, does my lovingly crafted RDD Bobblehead qualify??

      I could, I suppose, create an Araminta to stand alongside him...Does anyone know where he is now?

      me<><

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  5. I wish I were creative. I mean I am. Or, I can be, if and when the muse hits me. I would love to win
    Caroline's >^.^< mrouw--
    or Lucy's locket

    or
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    ┃┗┛┃▏┊╰━━╯┊▕┃┗┛┃ Henrietta's Own ♜Castle♜
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    or ...

    What a lovely collection!!!
    Betty Anonymous

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    1. Oops. I was afraid that might happen.

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  6. Two of my comments wiped out again. Sniff. And I did not save a copy. Sniff. Now I have to write it all over again - sniff - just because somebody objected to the HUGE CASTLE I had copied and pasted into it. The graphic had worked beautifully (well, the second time, when I hadn't erased some of the lines.) And the comments appeared later in the RECENT COMMENTS section and I could see the tops of the crenellations. I thought it sooo cute. Sniff. Oh, well.

    I wish I were creative. I mean I am. Or, I can be if and when the muse hits me. I would love to win
    Caroline's >^.^< mrouw--
    or
    Lucy's locket
    or
    Henrietta's Own ♜Castle♜
    or ...

    I wish I were creative.

    What a lovely collection!!!
    Betty Anonymous

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    Betty Anonymous

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  8. He! Now what happened. Now they are back! I don't believe it!!!

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  9. Mysterious are the ways of Blogger.

    I adore your castle...and frankly find you very creative.

    Your computer art castle is now officially entered into the running!

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    1. Betty Debbie,
      There is but one problem: It's not my castle. I just copied and pasted it from the HUGE CASTLE link above. Here it is in writing:
      http://freecodesource.com/facebook-symbols/sand-castle
      So I'm afraid it doesn't count as an entry.
      But there is still a lot of time for me to come up with an idea of my own.
      And, hey, I must have seen you on Conquering the World - going round and round and round... You must have been quite dizzy.
      Betty Anonymous

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  10. If I perform an intepretive dance and nobody sees, does it win a prize?

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    1. Proof, proof, proof!! hahahahahahahahahaha

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    2. You girls are so funny.
      Betty Anonymous

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    3. Hmm, I could belly dance, but I'm scratching my head as to how I can tie that into dear Betty.

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  11. Regarding The Betty Neels Collection, what's the deadline?
    Betty Anonymous

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    1. I'm thinking mid-June...so, let's make it official - all entries in by midnight-ish June 15th. (And by midnight-ish, I totally mean before I wake up the next morning around 6am.)

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  12. I still haven't got around to tackling my project. In the meantime, I suggest we enter ℬetty Kylene's Don't you swear your ℬeastly Dutch Oaths at me.
    Betty Anonymous

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  14. Dearest Betty Debbie if you please
    accept my entry to your competition: these
    brightly colored flowcharts
    recently inspired
    by Betty JoDee, who hereon inquired
    whether there exists a chart or diagram
    to show when Eliza, Max, Sarah and Adam
    and friends recur post-HEA in later novels Neels.
    Well now there does. Wheels within wheels:
    though I’m no craft-er, I surmise,
    these charts may come in handy. I hope I win a prize!

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Betty van den Betsy

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    1. I haven't been able to open your brightly colored flowcharts yet...when I go to them Google Docs tells me that I don't have permission. (BTW, you're pretty much already a shoe-in for a prize, based on your Betty By the Numbers series).

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    2. Well, beastly Dutch oath. I forgot to make it share-sies. It should be accessible now. Incidentally, if I'd known BbtN was eligible for the prize, I'm not sure I'd have created this silliness.

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    3. But it's awesome silliness on an awesomely awesome scale.

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    4. Betty Barbara here--
      My eyes are bleeding!! But I'm not really complaining. That is AWESOME!!!!

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    5. OOh, ooh, ooh, I LOVE IT! New Betty JoDee Goal for This Summer: Read the arrowed flow chart in order! Yeah! What fun! Thank u, thank u, thank u!

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    6. Thank you, Betty v.d.Betsy! My first post ever on TUJD asked about a list of crossovers, and finally I have it in visual! I am a visual person, and while I have a list of BN books with arrows everywhere, it is nowhere as pretty or comprehensive as yours.

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    7. Wow, that chart is totally awesome. Love the colour scheme, so one (being ungrammatically me) can see which books were published in the same year. Ha, and all those lines, dotted and otherwise! Didn’t know some of them had so many cameos! Brilliant. Not silly at all – au contraire, scientific precision! Genius!
      Betty Anonymous

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    8. Spectacular.....from someone who spent 21 years as a "PowerPoint Ranger" (the Army is run by slide presentations). This beats anything the Pentagon can produce!

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  15. This chart is awesome! Beyond awesome!

    Betty AnoninTX

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  16. Well, thank you everyone. I'm delighted that you enjoyed my offering. Be sure you've looked at page two, which eliminates all of the non-crossover books to make the trails a bit clearer. I had to size this to 11x17 to cram in all the novels - if Betty'd been a tad less prolific, the chart would be easier to read.

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  17. My only talent is shopping....but may I direct your attention to an Uncrushable Jersey Dress that is flattering to those of us with ample curves? It even runs large, we are advised to order one size smaller than normal....

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/suzi-chin-for-maggy-boutique-front-knot-jersey-dress/3287600?origin=category&fashionColor=&resultback=1708

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  18. In case anyone missed the memo, the deadline for winning one of these beauties has been extended to next week...June 26th or 27th.

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    1. Was that June 26/27 of 2012? Or 2013?

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    2. Betty Debbie, ducking her head in shame...Yes, 2012...
      So sorry we've gotten behind (this is not very much Betty Keira's fault). In my defense, the van der Stevejinck home is getting a pretty extreme landscape/hardscape makeover and we're still in the midst of it all. All of this weeding/planting/concrete-ing/deck demolition/deck building/etc.../etc.../etc...all to prepare for a wedding in our backyard two weeks from tomorrow.

      What I wouldn't give to have a not-so-old family retainer in the form of a gardener/handyman right now. I have a brown thumb, lucky for me it's been a rainy summer here in Washington - everything is still pretty much green and growing in spite of my efforts.

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    3. Oh, yay! A backyard wedding! Were you thinking you wouldn't have enough to do what with stuffing finger sandwiches, arranging bouquets and wrangling flower-girls and page-boys, so you might as well throw a nice construction site into the middle of everything? Seriously, my family tradition around backyard weddings is to try to get the lawn mowed and the laundry line down before the guests arrive. Good luck and good weather -- in Ireland people put the Child of Prague (don't know him) out in the garden the day before a wedding to ensure no rain. The literal efficacy of this approach has not been verified...

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    4. I've made a list of wedding assignments for all of my sisters...plus my daughter and daughter-in-law. My sons are helping me out with the landscaping, and Dr. van der Stevejinck is over construction.

      All of our landscaping/construction is long overdue, the wedding is just an excuse to finally get it done.

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